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After that night, wala na akong balita kay Michelle — at wala na akong balak maki-balita pa. Things are getting worse, I know. She needs my help but I can't just help her easily. Anong benefit ang makukuha ko doon? Wala naman diba?

And first of all, it is clearly not my business to meddle with. Hindi ko ugali ang makisawsaw sa buhay ng iba.

Yep, I'm known as the "heartbreaker" but I don't really break hearts. Sila ang gumagawa ng sarili nilang conclusion, they've always think that I already rejected them kapag di ko sila pinapansin — tapos ang malala, pinagkakalat pa sa iba ang ginagawa ko. And guess what? I do have the bad boy image in the university now.

Malay ko ba kung saan nakuha ni Michelle ang information na 'yun. Siguro nahampas na ako ni Mommy ng slippers kapag nalaman niyang may pinaiyak akong babae.

"Tulala lang sa'king kwarto at nagmumuni-muni." bigla naman pumasok si Brent pati si Jollo habang kumakanta ng Porque na may hawak ng kandila.

"Bwisit kayong dalawa! Patayin niyo nga 'yang kandila! Puro kayo kalokohan eh." singhal ko sa kanila at sinunod naman nila 'yon.

"Beshie cake, nag-aalala na ako sayo. Kanina ka pa kasi tulala dyan para ang lalim ng iniisip mo." sabi ni Brent and he went beside me, giving me a tight hug. Tumabi naman si Jollo sa akin and he hug me like what Brent did.

"Yes papi, we're so damn worried." Jollo said while mimicking Brent's voice.

"Gago, tigilan niyo nga akong dalawa. Mas lalo ako nas-stress eh!" tinulak ko sila palayo sa akin at tumawa, "Ikaw na nga hinu-hug namin kami pa nagago. Ouch. Omg." Brent faked cry at nagpunas punas pa ng invisible tears niya.

"Naknampots, bahala kayo dyan!" sigaw ko sa kanila ni Jollo at lumabas ng kwarto. Only to find out that Sahia's going somewhere with Kib and my other teammates.

"Where are you guys going?" I ask them because they're all wearing their basketball attires.

"Razons," Ahia simply answer and I just nodded, "Okay ingat."

"Hindi ka sasama? Usually you'll come with us every morning, right? Anong nangyari?" Aljun asked.

"Wala naman. I just don't feel like it." I said and they all left. I'm left with Brent and Jollo who's currently with their phones on the table.

Shet, naiwan na naman ako kay Brent.

"Tara tambay tayo sa Agno." yaya naman ni bigla ni Jollo. "Hala, sama ako!" sabi naman ni Brent at umakyat sa taas para magpalit ng shorts.

"Ikaw Cci?" Jollo asked.

"Pass, ako magbabantay ng dorm." I said with full of enthusiasm para convincing.

"Tara na. Kalokohan neto." sabi naman ni Brent at hinila ang kamay ko. As usual, wala naman akong nagawa kung hindi sumama nalang. Wala naman akong choice.

Umupo kami sa vacant chairs dito sa Agno. Si Jollo at Brent na ang nag-order para sa akin dahil alam nilang napaka-unproductive ko today. I look around the place, my forehead creased when I saw a familiar figure from afar and she's with her boyfriend.

I stare at her intently causing her to stare back. Mukhang nagulat siya sa presence ko at nanlaki ang mga singkit niyang mata. Michelle suddenly averted her gaze to somewhere else and she didn't bother looking at me anymore.

I would really think that Michelle and her boyfriend has the most perfect relationship pero noong dahil sa nangyari nakaraan hindi ko na alam kung ano ang iisipin ko sa relationship nilang dalawa.

It is now filled in with lies and glitch.

I smirked at my thought dahil mukha naman silang masaya ngayon. Maybe Michelle just realized how dumb she is kapag gagawin niya 'yun sa boyfriend niya.Napailing ako at tinuon nalang ang atensyon ko sa ibang bagay.

"Dito pala crushie mo," Brent butted in while holding a box of pizza. "and she's with her boyfriend." Jollo added. They both look at me and started smirking.

"Nahopia tayo kay Michelle kala ko single." Jollo said. "Grabe goals nila kainggit." Brent pouted. My eyebrows automatically rose noong sinabi nila iyon. If only you guys knew what happened last time.

I still respect Cobb's privacy kaya hindi ko basta-basta sasabihin ang mga nangyari nakaraan kila Brent.

I actually don't know who's Michelle Cobb, pero noong nagperiscope ako last last month they started saying Michellr Cobb, say Hi to Michelle and whatsoever. I got curious kaya tinanong ko si Aljun kung sino 'yun and he answered, "Yung volleyball player. Yung maganda." — that's how he described Michelle that time kaya na-curious ako.

I followed Michelle on her social media accounts but I didn't make a move. Inaasar lang kaming dalawa ng mg teammates namin. Wala kaming idea na taken pala siya, actually 2 years na sila nung Joshua Aguilar. Ayun hopia to the max ako — este kami.

I shook my head dahil napapansin kong kanina pa nasa isip ko 'yang si Cobb pati ang boyfriend niya. I don't know why...

Maybe.

Michelle Cobb really caught my attention this time.

People has been very predictable for me — madali lang sila hulaan. Their guts and moves? It's all the same. But when I met Michelle, everything twisted and turn. She's the kind of girl that you want to know more. She's secretive and full of mysteries.

Hindi ako interested.



Hindi talaga.




Slight lang.

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